Shuttle launch delayed a day

By Phil Plait | October 29, 2010 10:00 am

[Update (15:00 UT Saturday): launch was delayed again. It is now set for Wednesday, November 3, at 15:52 Eastern time.]

sunset_shuttleJust a quick update: NASA has delayed the launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery by a day due to gas leaks in one of the Orbiter Maneuvering System pods (those are the engines housed under the big lumps at the rear of the Orbiter). Currently, launch is set for Tuesday, November 2 at 16:17 Eastern time. This is Discovery’s final scheduled flight.

There may be further delays, of course, so stay tuned.

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Comments (7)

  1. Can we delay the retirement instead? 😛

  2. Sarah

    I hope there are no further delays… we’re scheduled to fly back home on Wednesday. I want to see my 1st shuttle launch before it’s too late!

  3. Messier Tidy Upper

    Maybe the shuttle’s procrastinating, putting off the time it’ll fly no more. 😉

    Ah, anthropomorphising inanimate objects – so easy to do! 😉

    There’s a countdown to the launch page here :

    http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/main/index.html

    now T-minus 3 days 20 hours 25 minutes.

    There’s a good news article from the Aussie ABC-TV’s 7.30 Report on the penultimate shuttle launch & the future of NASA’s manned space exploration program here :

    http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2010/s3051238.htm

    Well worth watching – interviews include astronaut Michael Barratt & erstwhile space shuttle program manager Wayne Hale. (For those who haven’t see it on the old thread.)

    —-

    PS. Why is “T-minus” conventionally spelt that way? Isn’t that really saying “T minus minus” or shall it be pronounced “T hyphen minus?”

  4. Bill McElree

    I’m flying in from Canada to see it and blew all my air mile points to do it. This would be a real shame. Anyone else staying at the airport Holiday Inn?

  5. Andrew

    That’s a beautiful picture of the shuttle. Is there a larger one?

  6. Markle

    That right OMS pod has been nothing but trouble. I wonder if that’s the reason for the extra day.

  7. Messier Tidy Upper

    From one of the NASA pages come these great online video’s :

    http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index.html?collection_id=14554&media_id=21356981#

    on the STS-133 launch complete with astronaut interviews and a mini-retrospective of the Discovery’s career & this :

    http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index.html?collection_id=14554&media_id=21356981#

    longer 15 minute in-depth retrospective looking back over the Discovery‘s career highlights.

    Both are well worth watching, IMHON, thus posting links here for y’all. :-)

    *****

    PS. Countdown clock now at 2 days, 12 hours, 38 minutes & 35 seconds.

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